Rightsizing design considerations

10. Transitions and phasing.

Thinking about facilities improvements over time is necessary when conversion schools decide to phase out traditional programs (allowing existing students to graduate under conventional expectations) while simultaneously staging the implementation of new small schools. Planners must decide how the space allocated for juniors or seniors in programs being phased out will eventually be subsumed as small schools pursue their goals to fully inhabit their new autonomous homes. Since school conversion initiatives also often deal with “crossovers” – the practice of enrolling students from one small school in one or more courses in another small school during the regular school day – decisions must be made as to whether teachers or students travel outside their autonomous schools. Such decisions are often dependent upon the actual course offering (e.g., students travel out to their gym class, or foreign language teachers travel among a set of small schools).